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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: [ZA] Putting the fun back into Genealogy - WILMOT
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 23:10:23 +0200

a. William Joseph WILMOT, aged 30 and his wife Ann, aged 24 (born Routledge) were with Sephton's party on Aurora. He brought with him a young brother, George WILMOT, aged 13. Another settler, Benjamin WILMOT, aged 22, was in WILLSON's party on the Belle Alliance.

The family name is said to have originally been French, Guillemot. They claim relationship with the Wilmot-Eardley family of Derbyshire. A John Eardley WILMOT was M.P. for Tiverton. The name Eardley is a family name with the WILMOT's in South Africa.

The settler Benjamin WILMOT visited London about 1823 to complain about Lord Charles SOMERSET's despotic treatment of the settlers.

A. WILMOT wrote "The Life and Times of Sir Richard Southey", 1904.

Settler William Joseph WILMOT married Ann ROUTLEDGE at St. Martin's in the Fields, London in 1818. Their son Edward Joseph was born at Salem in 1823. His marriage is recorded at Sidbury on 30.9.1845 to Elizabeth Senior DENTON, daughter of settler William DENTON, a Waterloo hero. (His story is told in "Assagai over the Hills", by Metrovich)

b1. Edward Joseph and Elizabeth WILMOT had seven sons and three daughters. They were:
c1. William Joseph m. Helena ENGELBRECHT - 3 sons -Edward, Simon and William
2. Etherington Edward m. Margaret THOMAS - 7 sons - Leslie, Milton, Frank, Edward, Douglas, John and Percy.
3. John Charlton m. Sarah Ann ESTMENT - on son, Aubrey
4. Henry Eardley m. Sarah Alice EMSLIE
5. Joseph Edward m. Mary THOMAS - 4 sons - Fred, Cecil, Stanley and William
6. George Alfred m. Sarah Elizabeth WILMOT - 4 sons - Burton, Ernest, Alfred, Morris
7. Horace Richmond m. 1. Jessie THOMAS - son James m2. Selena THOMAS - 3 sons - Gilbert, Thomas, Charlton

These seven sons, who are described as a fine looking lot and full of adventure,, left their farms in the Eastern Province and set off with their wives and families to try luck in the newly discovered Witwatersrand goldfields. They travelled by ox-wagon and were under canvas for 18 months. Many and varied were their adventures and Aubrey, John WILMOT's small son, was lucky to escape with his life when he strayed from the wagon and was chased by an angry kudu bull.

Although their claims were on the land that later became the E.R.P.M. mine, the WILMOT's failed to make their fortunes and returned to the eastern Province. Henry (c4.) and his family later moved to the O.F.S. and became successful sheep and cattle farmers in the Springfontein area.

One of the most outstanding members of the WILMOT family in the fourth generation was Aubrey Charlton WILMOT. He was a gifted musician and linguist and had a distinguished career in the Land Bank. At the time of his death in 1940 he was Chairman of the Land Bank Board in Pretoria.

Aubrey's elder son, John Benedictus de Korte WILMOT, is a doctor of Philosophy, holds the position of Executive Assistant at the Reserve Bank and Assistant to the Governor of the Reserve Bank, was a Division Chief in the Monetary Fund, and has lectured at the Pretoria University on Money and Banking. He has an old family heirloom, an oak carving done by his paternal grandmother, Sarah, of the WILMOT arms.

Aubrey's younger son Lawrence Aubrey, a Colonel in the S.A.A.F. was killed in an air accident in 1947 after a distinguished career.During WWII he gained the D.S.O. and D.F.C. and was twice mentioned in dispatches.

Best wishes
Port Elizabeth, South Africa


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